Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Fiber Four

Google has just announced the next four cities, and some of their surrounding areas, to get their one-gigabit (i.e. really super-fast) Internet service, all clustered in the southeast U.S. as shown below in purple. Also shown, in gray, are five more cities that might also be so blessed in the near future.

Why the need for speed?  Well, 20 megabits is needed for a single Ultra HD Netflix video stream (think House of Cards), which exceeds my current has-always-been-fast-enough 15-megabit service from Time Warner.  And while I can upgrade to 50 megabits, it will cost about the same as Google Fiber, but still 20 times slower.

Google, can you hear me?  O-H!

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